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ENG: Find Articles

A guide for students in English 19/22.

Research Tip

Why can't I find anything?

There are thousands of articles written every month on thousands of topics.  The first step is starting in the right place. Do you need a newspaper article or a magazine article?  What's the difference?  Are they biased? Next, you will need to figure out keywords.  Your preliminary research and the Internet can help you figure out good search terms. 

What is Full-Text?

Full text means that you will be able to read/view the entire text of the article - not just an index entry or abstract.

When in doubt?

Ask A Librarian

Finding/Using Keywords

Evaluating Sources


-- When was the information created?
-- Does your topic require updated information?


-- Does the information relate to your paper/project?
-- Is it written at an appropriate level? (not too advanced or elementary)


-- Is the author qualified to write on this subject?
-- Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?


-- Where does the information come from?
-- Is the information supported by legitimate sources?


-- Why was the site created (advertising, share knowledge, entertainment)?
-- Do the authors make their intentions clear?

What is a database?

Thanks to the Library at RMIT, a Public University in Australia.

Databases at UHMC

Databases A - Z is an alphabetical listing of all library subscribed databases including ALL OF THE EBSCO Databases.  You can filter the collection by subject type or by type of database (articles, ebooks, reference shelf, images, etc.).

When to Use A-Z Databases

  • when you want specialized information sources within a discipline or academic field (e.g. select psychology from the drop-down Subject menu).
  • when you know the name of a library database you want to search (eg. Psychology And Behavioral Science Collection)
  • as a starting place to find more in-depth sources of information


Best Bet Database for

Opinion/Rogerian/Issue oriented Essays 

 Masterfile Complete Button

MasterFile Complete -- Contains Full-text articles from over 1500 leading magazines and long-form journalism including:

 The Atlantic, Wired, New Yorker, Weekly Standard, New Republic

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is linked to the UHMC Library. From this freely accessible, scholarly web search engine --  Click on the three horizontal bars in the upper left, click Settings > Library Links tand enter "University of Hawaii Maui College" in the area provided.  This will sync your Google Scholar page to the full text articles available at the library. Articles indicated with "Get Article" are available through UHMC Library.

For more information, consult the UHMC Library Guide to Google Scholar.



Pro/Con Databases (paid)

The following databases offer in-depth, non-biased introductions to many of today's important issues. Additionally, these sources may assist you in discovering a topic:

If you are studying a local topic, be sure to consult the Researching Local Issues LibGuide